Complementary feeding

News

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SPRING's partnerships with local NGOs to promote UNICEF's IYCF Package, paired with evidence of its effectiveness, spurs government uptake beyond the life of the project

Roundtable participants stand in a line and smile at the camera

SPRING/Kyrgyz Republic hosted a round table event to disseminate findings from a series of four surveys, including gains in nutrition outcome indicators.

Nathan Park, center, poses with SPRING volunteers and trainers after a session on methods of long term storage and preservation of nutritious foods at home.

Deputy Mission Director Nathan Park visited SPRING activity sites in Kok-Jangak rayon, where he participated in a training on home-based storage of nutritious foods, and joined a home visit...

Data collectors learning to use GPS.

SPRING interviewed 64 Micronutrient Powder users and distributors to identify successes understand barriers they face in using and distributing MNP.

Galleries

The video development team watches as a neighbor explains benefits of poultry raising for the family, “Small scale poultry farming at home can be beneficial for you and it can meet your short term financial needs.” Photo credit: Sarah Hogan, 2017

Under the UPAVAN project, SPRING and Digital Green create community videos promoting nutrition-sensitive agriculture practices in Odisha, India. This community video shows neighbors...

Briefs

A grandmother helps her young granddaughter eat her food with a spoon.

During 2014–2017, SPRING undertook four surveys in the target areas to gain knowledge on the current status of a range of indicators related to the nutrition practices among women and...

Location: Kyrgyz Republic

Videos

A mother prepares healthy food for her baby. The grandmother, holding the fussy baby, looks on.

Gnalen shows her mother a platter of diverse foods that she will feed her son, including peanuts, dried fish, eggs, avocado, and milk, and describes how she will prepare these foods as part...

Keywords: Complementary feeding
Location: Guinea
Four children sit outside and happily eat bananas

On her way back from the field, Delphine bumps into her friend Brigitte who asks why she has picked so many vegetables. Delphine tells her that it is not for a party, but instead, the...

Community Video: Alimentation Complémentaire

A mother in Senegal prepares a diverse, nutrient-rich meal and demonstrates that it is appropriate for complementary feeding to a child between 6-23 months of age. As she feeds the child,...

Woman leading a Farmer Nutrition School in Bangladesh

SPRING pioneered the community-based farmer nutrition schools (FNS) approach to promote the production of nutrient-dense vegetables, fruits, and animal source foods at the household level...

Job Aids and Tools

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SPRING/Sierra Leone created a set of counselling cards that address key complementary feeding and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) behaviors for the Sierra Leonean context.

Image of the poster, which features a drawing of a breastfeeding mother

SPRING/Kyrgyz Republic developed a series of posters for use in health facilities. These four posters, produced in both Kyrgyz and Russian, are dedicated to nutrition and care of infants...

Reports

A woman smiles at the camera while holding her baby.

Undernutrition affects all income levels and geographic zones of Nigeria. HIV/AIDS also affects large numbers of Nigerians, in many cases the same populations suffering from undernutrition...

Woman spoon feeding a baby.

In November 2012, SPRING and Digital Green completed a qualitative study in purposely selected villages in Keonjhar district to identify current social and cultural determinants, practices...

Group of women sitting outside

In 2013, the USAID Global Health Bureau asked the SPRING project to collaborate with the Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel–Enhanced Resilience (REGIS-ER) project,in providing...

Activities

This activity's objective was to test this indicator to measure feeding styles in the developing country context of Niger, and to provide learning to determine if this indicator could be...

Training Materials

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As part of our work building local partners’ capacity to implement infant and young child feeding interventions, SPRING put together a food demonstration training package (adapted from...

Series

The evaluators discussing the package

SPRING has partnered with UNICEF, the the Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria, the Kaduna State Ministry of Health, and the Kajuru local government area to evaluate the community based...

Success Stories

Hajiya Abdullahi talks with infant and young child feeding support group members in Toto, Nigeria.

In May 2015, Hajiya Abdullahi, an orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) desk officer at the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in Toto LGA attended a training on infant and...

Community activist Nazira Subankulova with the fresh produce she sells. After SPRING’s nutrition trainings, it is now in high demand.

As a volunteer, Nazira spends several hours a week visiting neighbors and hosting meetings to talk about nutrition based on what she learned from SPRING.

Nurse Usupova Mairam (on the left) counsels Jazgul about the best way to feed her one-year-old daughter Aitunuk.

In March 2016, Mairamkul received training on IYCF from SPRING. Mairamkul soon put her new skills to the test by helping Jazgul, whose youngest daughter, Aitunik, is a year old.

Nigeria's Nutrition-Savvy Dads

A farmer, David Kershima lives in Mbaiam community in Benue State. He and his wife joined a community-based infant and young child feeding (C-IYCF) support group in June 2014, when his wife...

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Resource Review Summaries

This event presented findings from a recent report highlighting a randomized controlled trial targeting young children in the highlands of Ecuador, which provided eggs as part of a...

The World Health Organization released global guidance on micronutrient powders (MNP) for children aged 6-23 months and 2-12 years. The guideline recommends MNP with complementary foods for...

This systematic literature search explored whether children aged 6 to 23 months can fulfill their nutrient needs by consuming locally sourced foods. The results suggested that complementary...

Over the past several years, FAO has supported projects in Malawi and Cambodia to improve childhood nutrition through agriculture and nutrition education for complementary feeding. Many of...

This study looked at nutrient composition of complementary foods based on orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP), cream-fleshed sweet potato (CFSP), maize–soybean– groundnut (Weanimix), and a...